The essentials to know about the Great Wines of Bordeaux
Whether for amateurs or informed connoisseurs, the great wines of Bordeaux are particularly famous throughout the countries of the globe. The Bordeaux wine region is among the oldest and largest vineyard regions in the world with over 118,000 hectares of vines. The region produces more than 5 million hectoliters of wine each year and has around sixty appellations.
The Bordeaux region now has more than 7,000 winegrowers, 300 trading houses and around a hundred wine brokers. The list of Bordeaux AOCs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) is long, including Margaux, Pauillac, Pomerol, Sauternes, Listrac-Médoc, Saint-Julien, etc. The great wines of Bordeaux base its reputation particularly on its red wines. However, the region also produces great sweet, dry or sparkling white wines.
The Bordeaux vineyard is divided between the wines of the Right Bank, designating the vineyards of the right bank of the Gironde and the Dordogne, and the wines of the Left Bank, designating the wines of the Médoc and the Graves region.